Liverpool have made an offer to sign Lyon forward Memphis Depay, according to reports. Barcelona and Juventus are also tabling bids.
This comes from the Spanish publication Marca. They claim that Depay could join the reigning English champions on a free, with his contract in Ligue 1 due to expire at the end of the season.
Depay, who joined Lyon from Manchester United, is expected to leave in the coming months. The 27-year-old has been in stunning form for his club side, whom he captains – clocking up 14 goals and nine assists this term.
For his country, Depay has been equally effective alongside the likes of Gini Wijnaldum. He has directly played a part in six goals during his previous five international appearances.
Having reached the semi-finals of last season’s Champions League, Depay is now keen for a fresh challenge. He is reportedly intent on linking up with his ex-Netherlands manager, Ronald Koeman.
However, with an unresolved contractual dispute, Depay is a wanted man – and interest has stemmed well beyond the Camp Nou this summer.
Indeed, Marca claims that Liverpool and Juventus, too, have intentions to sign Depay, who was overlooked by Jose Mourinho during his time at Old Trafford.
In fact, Depay previously snubbed the chance to work with Pep Guardiola to secure a reunion with another ex-Netherlands manager, Louis Van Gaal, per Sport Bild.
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Despite his former allegiances to Manchester United, there is no hiding from the fact that Depay is a top player.
With 62 caps for his country and the captain of his club-side, Depay would certainly bring a lot of experience to Anfield.
Still, the prospect of Depay signing for Liverpool this summer is precarious, to say the least.
It’s no secret that Jurgen Klopp is looking to bolster his attacking options in the coming months. However, The Athletic reports that the boss and FSG are more interested in developing world-class talent rather than buying the finished article.
This works against Depay, who at 27, is very-much in the peak years of his career.
A more realistic approach for Liverpool would be to sign a young and upcoming prospect such as RB Salzburg sensation, Patson Daka.